So they can open doors now?

So they can open doors now?

This is the first time the company publicly demonstrated the SpotMini robot's ability to open a door even though earlier images on its website showed the robot with a mechanical arm.

In addition, we showed how a new robot from Boston Dynamics is able to balance on two wheels.

If you thought the plot from "The Terminator" was troubling, a new video from Boston Dynamics of a robot dog may make you do a double take. It weighs around 30kg and can terrify for a good 90 minutes between recharges.

Political scientist Thomas Rid tweeted: "Every time Boston Dynamics updates its doggy robots there are thousands of posts on how the future machines will enslave us - each watched and typed and shared on little machines that have already enslaved us".

Plus, the SpotMini is faster and more flexible than the original Spot, with 17 joints upon which it can bend and twist.

Seeing headless quadruped robots teaming up to open a door may not give anyone the warm and fuzzies, but this admittedly disconcerting is a great step forward in robotics. Dr Who - you, my friend, have had it. The array of sensors and cameras - which include stereo and depth cameras - work together to provide SpotMini data about its surroundings, information which it then uses to manipulate objects. Perhaps Black Mirror's "Metalhead" episode had something to do with that.

Recall, the company Boston Dynamics now owned by Japanese SoftBank. Search and rescue helpers are just one plausible use that comes to mind.

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